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Minister O'Sullivan launches Digital Strategy for Schools

Posted on October 07, 2015 at 12:49 PM

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Minister Jan O’Sullivan (Minister for Education and Skills) has today launched the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. Speaking at the launch at the Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Minister O’Sullivan said: “Giving our students the opportunity to develop 21st century skills is a priority. Technology is embedded in all aspects of our lives, and is bringing our society new advantages and solutions every day. “This five year strategy will achieve our goal of allowing all students to develop 21st century skills.

[Download the Digital Strategy for Schools from our policy section here.]

The strategy is backed by the most substantial funding ever made available in this area to make that goal a reality. The strategy is a comprehensive and coherent roadmap to prepare schools, teachers and students to take advantage of the vital role that technology will play in the years and decades ahead.”

The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020, provides a rationale and a Government action plan for integrating ICT into teaching, learning and assessment practices in schools for the next five years. Among the key points of the Digital Strategy 2015-2020 are:

  • Dedicated multi-annual funding to schools to invest in technology
  • Build on the successful roll-out of high-speed broadband to every second-level school by investing in high-speed wifi networks in every school
  • Integration of digital skills in the curriculum and in assessment
  • Develop opportunities for students to take an in-depth ICT course at Leaving Cert, as well as embedding digital skills within other subjects
  • Promotion of the use of e-portfolios at primary and post-primary level
  • Provide enhanced digital content to schools, including working with cultural institutions, sporting bodies and other to expand this range of resources
  • Embed ICT skills as part of initial teacher education and ongoing training for teachers
  • Work with stakeholders to promote safe and responsible use of the internet and social media, including providing new resources to schools to better prevent cyber-bullying

[Download the Digital Strategy for Schools from our policy section here.]

 

Minister Jan O'Sullivan is on Twitter, you can follow her tweets from here. 

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